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Appeasing Hitler

Tim Bouverie has written a measured, well researched account of the Appeasement years. He cites several reasons for the appeasement policy of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain: 1) the country was ill-prepared for war; 2) there was a mood of pacifism in the country which may well have resulted [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Nothing ever changes

If there is any principle or lesson at all to be taken from either ‘live political party leader candidate group debates’ or their General Election equivalent (the ‘Party leaders duke it out’), it is not just that they’re a complete waste of time, but that – as night follows day [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Overnight plucking

Here come further contributions to our continuing series of “items of potential interest to Rusters spotted on the internet”. Few things make me laugh more than a classic malapropism and/or inadvertent mix-up of words. My own grandmother was capable of both, sometimes in the same [...]

June 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

And then there were … er … is it six?

With Boris Johnson as the early runaway leader in both the opinion polls and the first round of the Tories’ stage-by-stage voting system, attention has recently turned to the inevitable next phase in which the rest of the field brave enough begin vying to stay in the race by  braying about their [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Still Killing Eve

For reasons which need not concern us here I was obliged to spend a number of hours watching the television over the weekend which partly explains why today I have departed from my normal areas of interest to report upon the second episode of Series 2 of the drama Killing Eve, broadcast on BBC1 on [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hey ho …

This may surprise you – as to an extent it does me – but I have no particular view one way or the other on the ‘Marmite’ figure of Boris Johnson as a prospective Tory party leader and Prime Minister. The way I see it, given where the country has reached over the Brexit crisis, for good or [...]

June 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

And a quick one from me …

It’s a funny old world, but then we all knew that already, didn’t we? At the moment – well, as of midnight though things may have changed by the time I post this – yesterday we had the results of the first round of the Tory leadership contest, the Change UK party has had to change its name [...]

June 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A chicken comes home to roost

Today I return to the subject of the Women’s football World Cup. There is always the possibility that, if you try to run before you can walk you’ll occasionally trip yourself up and reveal to the world the true state of your product. As happened yesterday – see here for a report upon the game [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Flogging a dead horse

Today I begin with a declaration of interest: I have long held the view that the BBC had outlived its original “Voice of the Nation” (inform, educate and entertain) purpose by about 1970 and, underpinned by its unique position and funding privilege, has been abusing it ever since. Let me [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A star is struck

The first fund I bought 5 years ago when I had a windfall was Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund. Everyone in finance had heard of his brilliant stewardship of Investco funds when he out-performed the market and avoided the dot.com bubble. However, when I had lunch soon after its [...]

June 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

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